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News of the Weird: Cloud computing

Posted Jun. 28, 2013

News of the Weird: Cloud computing

Published: June 28, 2013 - 04:51 PM

When it rains, it pours

The Akron Airdock is not the only place where rain falls indoors.

The executive in charge of the electronic infrastructure of Facebook confirmed to London’s information-technology website The Register in June that when the company inaugurated its first “cloud” data-storage facility in Prineville, Ore., in 2011, the equipment was drenched when an actual cloud formed inside the building. (Facebook had only “hinted” previously at a Prineville “humidity event,” according to The Register.)

The tall, huge building’s cooling units use a system that takes air from the outside and subjects it to various humidity levels to cool the heat coming from the aisles of computer servers. Apparently, engineers had not accurately anticipated the vapor condensation profile of the new system, and rain guards were promptly installed.

— News of the Weird